5 ways to celebrate Singapore’s 55th National day!
2020 marks the 55th anniversary of Singapore’s independence! Every year, Singaporeans look forward to the 9th of August to celebrate the national day through the extravagant National Day Parade (NDP) and show our gratitude. However, this year is not a normal year for any of us. In the world of COVID-19, many adjustments and changes will be made so it won’t be the same parade we once knew.
Wondering how you can make the best out of your holiday safely and responsibly? We’ve done some research to give you 5 ways to celebrate 55 years of Singapore!
1. PARTICIPATE FROM HOME
This year’s NDP 2020 will be a first of its kind, with some of our favourite shows and acts being brought to us across Singapore. This, of course, includes the stunning F-15SG fighter jet aerial display, and the breath-taking Red Lions free-fall jump and many more brought to selected heartland locations. NDP 2020 will be filled with activities and shows through live broadcasts over TV and internet platforms from the morning to the evening to keep you anticipating for more.
How do you participate in this year’s NDP you wonder? Here’s how, In between the morning and evening segments, Singaporeans will also be able to participate via virtual and home activities. For example, there will be live chat interaction, virtual choir, a tribute to the Covid-19 front line workers, NDP-themed workout, family bonding cooking activity and a light-up moment to show our support as one.
2. SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES
As NDP 2020 falls on a long weekend, it’s an opportunity to head out and support Singapore’s local businesses who have been hit hard during this pandemic. Be it dining at your favourite cafe/restaurant or buying handmade crafts from the hole in the wall stall, small gestures like this can show your appreciation and gratitude for these local businesses too.
However, do remember to do your part by keeping sanitized, wearing a mask and following safety distancing rules when heading out to keep you and your loved ones safe from the virus.
3. VISITING THE RE-OPENED CINEMAS
As watching movies in cinemas and theatres have been non-existent during phase 1 of the circuit breaker, many of us have been binging on Netflix films and movies in the comfort of our own homes. However, there is just something nostalgic and a feeling of warmth and excitement when you watch a coveted movie/film in the cinema. Right? Luckily for us, the re-opening of cinemas (As per July 13th) have just been announced and we can now watch highly anticipated movies such as Train to Busan: Peninsula, and Disney’s Mulan in the theatres! Also, remember to sanitize your hands and follow proper procedure so that everyone can enjoy watching their movies safely.
4. BEING A TOURIST IN OUR OWN COUNTRY
Being not able to satisfy our wanderlust and our travel needs during this period has been hard for all of us travellers. We may have been planning a trip to see the coveted Eiffel tower in Paris, France or the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, United States, but during this time why not pay a visit to our highly attractive tourist spots in Singapore during this NDP 2020 long weekend?
Be a tourist in our own country by visiting the luscious Gardens By the Bay, Singapore’s Zoo, Universal Studios Singapore, or the Marina Bay Sands. You can even head to the Museums to take a walk down memory lane and relieve Singapore’s heritage and history. You may just fall in love again with the beautiful views and activities Singapore has to offer. Remember to book your tickets online and do your reservations early to skip the queue and have a more efficient process.
5. RELAXING STAYCATION
Everybody loves a staycation, be it overseas or over here in Singapore. However, due to dire circumstances, we can only postpone our overseas staycations. However, with over 35 hotels being approved for bookings as of July 15th, many of us have flocked to book reservations to enjoy our staycations safely with a peace of mind.
NDP 2020 weekend would be a perfect time to have a staycation with you and your loved ones in luxurious hotels such as Capella Singapore and Fullerton hotel and if you haven’t, hurry and book a reservation as rooms are filling up fast.